Floridians Flocking Away?

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January 16, 2007 5:30 pm

Tallahassee residents Connie and Clyde Humphrey pay about $3,000 a year in property taxes.

To them it’s gotten so pricey, they sometimes think how much they could save living in another state like, Montana or even Colorado.

"The prices of land out there are very reasonable and the property taxes are all very reasonable," said Clyde.

The Humphreys aren't the only family considering a move. United Van Lines says record numbers of people are moving out of Florida.

Some residents like Vincee Versurah blame the exodus on the cost of living saying it’s just getting too high.

"Unfortunately with the prospective rates increases, the threatening of the hurricane seasons, insurance rates going up, now they're thinking twice."

Joe Eichenlaub has noticed many houses in his neighborhood are on the market. He says a lot of people are moving out of the state to save money.

"Some of the recent insurance tax increases and property taxes is also another factor."

For worried homeowners there is now some hope on the horizon. Florida lawmakers are meeting this week trying to lower the skyrocketing insurance rates.